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Family fundraising for Wonder!

Wonder Support, Kathryn Clark, and mum of our Community Engagement and Grant Fundraising Manager, Ruth, took part in the Great Peace Run earlier this year with her son and daughter in preparation for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu which she will undertake in October to raise money for Wonder. We spoke to Kathryn about her motivation behind fundraising for Wonder, her training regime and the challenges she's had to face in preparing for the Great Peace Run.

What motivated you to sign up for the Great Peace Race?

As I am planning to go to Machu Picchu in October, I was looking for activities which would help build up my stamina and also raise some sponsor money. I noticed the Great Peace Run when I signed up for another event. This year is the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 and also marks 100 years since women first got the vote.

As I’m raising money for Wonder Foundation, and the charity work revolves around empowering women, it just seemed a very appropriate thing to do.

Why have you decided to fundraise for Wonder?

I have connections to the charity and as I felt I needed to challenge myself, I decided to do something for Wonder.  With this being the 100th anniversary of the Suffragettes, I hoped that people would make the connection between that and what Wonder does and be motivated to support me.

Do you regularly take part in fundraising activities as a family?

Not especially as a family, but Ruth has been involved in raising funds for charity for many years, and Lucy has also taken part in fundraising activities. I regularly do but mostly for cancer-related charities.

What are you most looking forward to when taking part in the Great Peace run?

Being in an area of huge significance at that particular time.

What has your training regime been like?

Pretty awful really, finding the time to run regularly is quite hard!

What has been the biggest challenge in preparing for this charity run?

As mentioned earlier, finding the time, but also the weather has not been good.

What advice would you give to someone interested in taking part in a charity run?

Take part with a friend because you can encourage each other to keep going.

Machu Picchu is the ultimate challenge for me and for personal reasons I thought it was just what I needed – something to focus on and to feel that I am doing something useful.

Good luck to Kathryn and her family as they continue to prepare for their trek to Machu Picchu. Although we can't be there to cheer you along, we'll be thinking of you and cheering for you in our hearts from the 27th October onwards! If you haven't had a look at their sponsorship page, please do. Donations big or small are all welcome and don't forget to forward to friends and family!

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